Flying brisket injures woman during fight at KY barbecue festival

Posted on September 16, 2015 by


by Doug Powell police were called to the Kentucky State BBQ Festival at 10:15 a.m. Sunday after a woman was hit with a brisket during a fight, according to a police news release.

Mary Berry, 35, of Bardstown told police she was hit in the right shoulder, neck and head by a brisket whose temperature was estimated to be 200 to 250 degrees. She was working at the festival for Fire House BBQ, the news release said.

Berry was treated at the festival by Boyle County emergency crews.

The brisket allegedly was thrown by barbecue pit master Mike Owings, 42, of Cunningham after tempers flared between Owings and another barbecue pit master over the sharing of a cooker.

Owings admitted to officers that he threw the brisket after losing his temper but “didn’t mean for anyone to get hurt,” authorities said.

He was charged with second-degree wanton endangerment, a misdemeanor, and was being held in the Boyle County jail.

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